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Shruti Rajagopalan URBAN DESIGN | STRATEGIC PLANNING

selected works


LEED AP ND A1/501, Mayank Mansion, Plot no.21 Sector-6, Dwarka, New Delhi-110075 shruti.r88@gmail.com +91-999-999-8517 www.linkedin.com/in/shrutirajagopalan00

2015 - Present

Shruti Rajagopalan

AECOM Gurgaon, India

2014-15

EXPERIENCE

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Ann Arbor, USA

2013 -14

MASTER OF URBAN DESIGN

2006 -11

EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

+ Research on ‘New Mobility’ and its potential through intense mapping and study of different types of industrial clusters + Design and renderings for Arquine Competition’15Reconfiguration of Mexico City’s old airport site

SKIDMORE, OWINGS AND MERILL SF, USA

MORPHOGENESIS New Delhi, India

MAR

2014

A professional with more than 6 years of experience in URBAN DESIGN and ARCHITECTURE, passionate about cities and striving to bring positive impact by addressing complex social, economical, political and environmental issues through the power of spatial design strategies incorporating bottom-up participatory approach and upcoming technologies. My dayto-day life involves working with government and private entities, assisting them in the realization of best sustainable practices in field of planning and design.

+ Conceptualization, preparation and compilation of Smart City Proposals for Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati under Goverment of India Smart Cities Mission which included citizen engagement programs and designing of public realm + Initiated and organized ‘Car-free Day’ program as a part of Ludhiana Smart city project + Preparation of Detailed Project Reports for various projects under Ludhiana Smart City PMC + Preparation of Urban Design Guidelines for Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) + Preparation of Base Exterior Architectural Plan report for Naval base in Karwar, Karnataka

2011-13

PROFILE SUMMARY

URBAN DESIGNER

EXTERN - URBAN DESIGNER

+ Research for the redevelopment of downtown Qingdao, China, which involved making of a large scale model + Contribution to client presentations

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN | Ann Arbor, USA Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

SRM UNIVERSITY | Chennai, India School of Architecture and Interior Design

+ LEED AP- Neighbourhood Development + Master Of Urban Design Merit-Based Scholarship + Licenced Architect - Council of Architecture, India 2

2010

AWARDS AND CERTIFICATIONS

AN PROJECTS Chennai, India

ABRD ARCHITECTS New Delhi, India

AUG - OCT

Sustainability | Community Development and Participation | Social Impacts of Spatial Design | Resilient Design | Politics and Urbanism | Landscape Architecture | Real Estate | Representation

+ Execution of Lalit Hospitality School (LEED Gold building), Faridabad, IN + Execution of Heritage International School, Faridabad, IN + Schematic Design for Chintels mixed use development, Gurgaon, IN + Design Development of C and C Hotel, Bengaluru, IN + Concept Design for British Council Library, New Delhi, IN + Competition- Vikas Bhawan, New Delhi, IN

2009

INTERESTS

ARCHITECT

URBAN DESIGNER

+ Urban Design proposal for the Camp Road Junction at Tambaram, Chennai, IN + Urban Design proposal for waterfront development of Chitalapakam Lake, Chennai, IN

INTERN ARCHITECT


SKILLS DIGITAL

DRAFTING, 3D MODELING, MAPPING AutoCAD | Revit | Rhino | Sketchup | VRay | Lumion | ArcGIS PRESENTATIONS Adobe Creative Suite | MS Office LANGUAGES English | Hindi | Tamil COMPETENCIES Presentations | Initiatives | Planning and Organization | People skills | Observation and analytical skills

COMPETITIONS AND WORKSHOPS + Indo-German Smart Initiative - Urban Lab’17 | Integrated Urban Development and CoProduction for Indian Cities + Arquine Competition’15 | Reconfiguration of Mexico City’s old airport site | Finalist + ULI Hines Urban Design Competition’14 | Urban Revitalization, Nashville + UN Habitat Competition’14 | Mass Housing Design, Mumbai + World Habitat Day’10, Madras University | Poster Competition + HUDCO Trophy, NASA* ’08 | Riverfront development, Lucknow + Louis I. Kahn Trophy, NASA ’07 | Documentation of CHEPAUK PALACE + Annual NASA Design Competition (ANDC) ‘07 | Design of Meditation Centre *NASA- National Association of Students of Architecture, India

EXHIBITIONS MUMBAI ANTHROPOCENE

NEW IMAGINARIES OF THE INDUSTRIAL CORE October’13 | Studio X, Mumbai

MUMBAI DOCKLANDS

EXPRESSION OF THE EASTERN WATERFRONT February’14 | Studio X, Mumbai

REFERENCES VISHAL KUNDRA

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR | Design, Planning & Economics | AECOM vishal.kundra@aecom.com | +91-971-771-6600

EL HADI JAZAIRY

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | University of Michigan ejazairy@umich.edu | +1-607-262-9103

MCLAIN CLUTTER

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | University of Michigan mclainc@umich.edu | +1-917-399-6016

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“ Turbulence, Ocean and Sky” by Peter G Pereira 4


CONTENTS

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PROFESSIONAL LUDHIANA SMART CITY a. GHUMAR MANDI PEDESTRIANIZATION b. SARABHA NAGAR MARKET RETROFITTING

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M.URBAN DESIGN ONE STUDIO.MUMBAI. a. AAMCHE WORLI KOLIWADA b. MUMBAI TRANSCAPES

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Ludhiana Smart City

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA - SMART CITIES MISSION

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ABSTRACT According to the Ministry of Urban Development, India, “the purpose of the Smart Cities Mission is to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local area development and harnessing technology, especially technology that leads to Smart outcomes. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a light house to other aspiring cities.” As part of the India Smart Cities Challenge, Ludhiana was selected amongst the top 20 out of 100 cities in a nationwide competition. LUDHIANA SMART CITY VISION: A city with enhanced quality of life through social well-being, better health and a safe environment. Ludhiana Smart City projectivization is broadly categorised into the sub-heads Placemaking, Smart Solutions, Improved infrastructure, Mobility improvements. The underlying principle for all projects taken up for Ludhiana smart city proposal is that a city that allows “ease of doing business” also provides “ease of living” to its citizens. Two placemaking projects (Ghumar Mandi Pedestrianization and Sarabha Nagar Market Retrofitting) are presented in detail here. 7


ghumar mandi pedestrianization

RETROFITTING OF A REGIONAL LEVEL MARKET STREE

Existing view of Ghumar Mandi Market Street 8


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CONTEXT Ghumar Mandi is a complex market area in Ludhiana which is of high regional importance. The 750m stretch primarily consists of commercial shops. It has been selected for Smart Road improvements along with model market retrofit as the project has potential for city wide impact and addresses the main issues of traffic congestion, pedestrian safety, pollution and lack of a vibrant public space.

VISION Ludhiana City is committed to providing an enhanced quality of life, an improved sense of place and better air quality to its citizens along with accelerated growth and sustained prosperity. The focus is on developing a comprehensive, green and clean city which has safe streets for pedestrians and cyclists and less dependence on automobiles as a healthy city is livable, walkable, bike-able, has ample green infrastructure; vehicle free zones; and has sustainable transport options like e-rickshaws. 9


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INITIAL STAKEHOLDER MEETING

IDENTIFICATION OF ISSUES

SITE SELECTION

DEMONSTRATION ON SITE

SITE VISIT

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Mar 2017

Feb 2017

Feb 2017

Feb 2017

Jan 2017

Jan 2017

RESEARCH AND CASE STUDIES


process

INCORPORATION OF FEEDBACK CONCEPT DESIGN PROPOSAL

DESIGN PROCESS FINAL DESIGN PROPOSAL

Ongoing

May 2017

May 2017

May 2017

STAKEHOLDER REVIEW MEETING

The transformation of any place into its better version requires a thorough process. The first step towards this process was to get the stakeholders of the market (like shopkeepers, marketgoers, hawkers, etc.)together in one room to note their perspective on the current functionality of the market and how they would like to see Ghumar Mandi market in future. The observations from there led to the discovery of various issues and opportunities. Best practices with respect to smart transformations of public spaces in India and around the world were researched upon keeping in mind the unique context of Ludhiana at macro and micro level. After this rigorous step, a plan was formulated which included certain physical and visual elements on site which would stimulate activities and dynamism as well as upgrade the market to a socially and environmentally sustainable level. 11


Identification of issues and position of the market 12


ISSUES - Vehicles hampering pedestrian shopping experience - Unorganized parking - No Sidewalks - Building and Hawker Encroachments - Overhead entangled cables - Lack of public Amenities - No uniformity in facade - Lack of Greenary on the street

There is no sense of place! GOALS - Enhance Health + Wellness of Citizens - Reduce Traffic Congestion - Ensure Public Safety - Add Green Spaces - Add Smart Componets

Enhance quality of public space!

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THE DEMONSTRATION “RAAHGIRI” (CAR-FREE) DAY

Multiple stakeholder meetings at large scale and small scale level to increase awareness

Careful study of site and development of circulation and alternate parking plan 14


“Created space for walking which was safe for kids, for cycling, for opportunities of temporary nature, for bringing communities together.”

Participation of citizens in various events at “Raahgiri”

It takes time for any radical change to sink in to peoples’ minds. This was especially realized during the several stakeholder meetings wherein the shopowners, traffic police and even the clients were apprehensive about the outcome of the implementation of such a contextually new concept and the impact of it on businesses and surrounding streets and neighbourhoods. To cater to this apprehension, a demonstration “Raahgiri Day” was planned on the same street. The idea was to close down the street between the 2 main junctions to allow only pedestrians, Cyclists and battery-operated rickshaws. After discussing at length, this idea was finally sold and was implemeted with the help of the city administration, traffic police, NGOs and keen citizens. Initially, this was tested on Weekends where various activities were introduced to engage the visitors of the market including cycling, dance, street plays on social issues, etc.

Extensive Media Coverage of all “Raahgiri” Car-free Days

Raahgiri Day on Ghumar Mandi was an instant hit! It majorly helped Ludhiana citizens perceive this space in a brand new way and opened their minds to new possibilities. It created space for walking which was safe for kids, for cycling, for opportunities of temporary nature, for bringing communities together. 15


Incremental change on street - FINAL PHASE: Complete Pedestrianization

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PHASE 2 : REGULAR CLOSURE OF STREET DURING CERTAIN HOURS OF THE DAY

EXISTING SCENARIO

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STRATEGY AN INCREMENTAL APPROACH Before converting Ghumar Mandi into a completely pedestrinized street, giving citizens time to warm up to the idea was deemed essential. So, a phase-wise implementation proposal was designed. PHASE 1: ONE WAY ACCESS Conversion of road into one-way, one-lane street to create more space pedestrians, cyclists and public realm. This would also help in calming of traffic. PHASE 2: CLOSURE OF STREETS on a regular basis on busy shopping hours. PHASE 3: COMPLETE PEDESTRIANIZATION Project Components include – - Undergrounding existing utilities - Streetscape improvements, - Street landscape improvements, - Smart street elements, - Dedicated vendor space, - Bicycle friendly street with PBS, - Vibrant pedestrian realm with universal accessibility - Access for Battery operated Vehicles 17


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Mapping of activity concentrations, types of shops, informal street vendors, pedestrian and vehicular movement and overall site analysis of the street helped in identifying strengths, weakenesses, opportunities and threats of Ghumar Mandi. A zoning scheme was developed with a range of possibilities based on these analysis.This zoning map gives a broad design strategy and helps us derive a theme. The scope of work further branches out into street plan and sections, landscape and infrastructure details. 19


sarabha nagar market

RETROFITTING OF A COMMUNITY-LEVEL MARKET

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ABSTRACT Sarabha Nagar is one of the planned & posh residential areas falling in the jurisdiction of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The area has a few medium scale markets developed using the SCO (Shop-cum-offices) typology.

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A large majority of the citizens of Ludhiana closely identify with this market as an important landmark of the city. Moreover, the scale of the project is appropriate as a pilot study with a big impact on the lives and lifestyles of the citizens.

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The Retrofitting & Faรงade improvement works for Sarabha Nagar Market falls under the project category of Place making- Clean & Green City. The objectives of the proposed works is to provide enhanced user experience, beautification, convenience to visitors and shop owners, creating a benchmark clean and green functional market place, incorporates smart ICT solutions for ease of doing business 21


SITE ANALYSIS

SPATIAL ANALYSIS

Based on the initial site studies, the The entire area may be divided into three distinct zones: Pedestrian plaza, Parking & Green. The majority is taken up by the parking zone (40.6%). The entire area is hard surface with negligible green. The width of the plaza is less w.r.t. the existing peak footfall in the market. Strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the market area were understood through topographocal surveys, maps, google earth studies, photographic documentation, socioeconomic survey, traffic survey, staeholder meetings, etc.

EXISTING PLAN

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POPULAR FOOD JOINTS

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VISUAL CLUTTER

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DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC REALM

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REVENUE REVENUE SMARKET & PUBLIC AMENITIES

LAPTOP CHARGING STATIONS

VENDING ZONES

DIGITAL ADVERTIZING

Inception of the Big Moves to achieve quality placemaking

SMART TECHNOLOGY

SUSTAINABILITY

UNIVERSAL ACCESIBILITY

AUTO/E-RICKSHAW BICYCLE

THE BIG MOVES DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC REALM: INCREASE PLAZA, ADD GREENS, REGULATE PARKING The idea of the project is to increase the importance of public space by increasing the plaza area. Quality of public space is directly proportional to the revenue generated in the market.

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PUBLIC TOILETS

CONGREGATIONAL SPACES

MARKET TO SMARKET: Another fundamental change is to convert the market to “Smarket” by providing location for smart elements like digital information panels, laptop charging points (near seating) etc. as well as locate adequate space for pan city smart initiatives for e-rickshaws, public bike sharing, public toilets, water ATM’s, smart poles etc. ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC AMENITIES: To further enhance user experience various public amenities and smart features have been added within the proposed design. The site now includes an aesthetically and improved public toilet. 23


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IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Maximized Green Space

Maximized Plaza Space

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After the conceptual plan was laid out, a quick assessment on various aspects was conducted on the proposed plan. It was then compared to the corresponding aspects of the existing plan. This exercise was taken up to ensure that we were adhering to the placemaking goal as a part of the project’s big moves. It was noted that the plaza and greens had significantly increased and the parking area was made more efficient merely by configuring the available space in a better manner. 25


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PLAN The key objectives of the proposed landscape concept are to ensure that the plaza space takes on the traditions of the meeting ground where people can congregate, talking with friends and people watching. The increased plaza also accommodates the expanded area along the site corners. Further, the existing park on the site is used as an opportunity and is integrated as a part of the gathering space as well as increase the soft landscape in the overall plaza design with revised/added programme like informal vending zones , multipurpose spacees, children’s play area, water feature, etc.

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The parking area is re-structured to provide increased effciency and increased sanctuary for pedestrians accessing the Plaza. The best standards for public amenities is provided including public toilets, water ATMs. 27


EXISITING VIEW

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DESIGN The aim of the project is improve the condition of the urban spaces within Ludhiana. Sarabha Nagar market is an important market and based upon the learning from the proposed project, LSCL and the PMC team will be able to replicate similar place making model for future projects in Ludhiana. Sarabha Nagar Market has been conceptualized to create a space that accommodates the local shopkeeper, the street vendor and the public in a safe, equitable and profitable location and to reinforce the identity of Sarabha Nagar (Kipps) Market. The design proposal attempts to improves pedestrian accessibility & the public amenity throughout the site. The idea is to revitalize the urban space and thus create additional opportunities to increase the market footfall. 29


One City Studio. Mumbai. GRADUATE URBAN DESIGN STUDIO

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Mumbai is an aspiring Global city of extremity where on the same piece of land, one can spot a luxurious apartment complex with all possible amenities abutting a not-so-scenic informal settlement which craves for even basic water and electricity infrastructure. The MUD program at the University of Michigan was aimed at taking its entire duration to delve deeply into the smallest details of the city and carefully analyze the urban interjections to come up with ideas which are sensitive and sensible by taking into account the various contraditions existing within the political, economical, social and cultural boundaries. A healthy, wholesome and equitable economic growth would ideally include the informal sectors of the city. Yet most of the policies set for the city are in favor of the elite. Keeping this fact in mind, I have attempted to carefully produce ideas in the given scenario which are not just blindly driven by and cater to the existing social imbalance and injustice in the city but are also reinforced with a practical execution plan with involvement of stakeholders and numbers. 31


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OWNERSHIP BOUNDARIES

EXISTING SCENARIO

ABSTRACT The Koli, or fisherfolk, were among the earliest residents (dating back to at least 16th century) of the seven islands that were comibined to form the present day Mumbai. Critically, the Koliwada is an urban formation that emerged prior to contemporary notions of property ownership.

LOCATING OPEN SPACES

STUDYING NETWORKING OF STREETS AND PATHS

In recent years, there has been increased pressure for redevelopment in Worli Koliwada. With the construction of BandraWorli sea link, the Koliwada became newly visible, literally and metaphorically inviting real-estate speculation.The studio uses the political and economic quagmire surrounding Worli Koliwada as an opportunity to rethink the potential of the commons in urban design. 33


The main intent behind the project is to manipulate and subvert the utility of tourism and cultural heritage. As an exercise, I first draw a cultural character sketch a worli village. I choose to represent the festival of Holi and note a set of observations existing as the idea of commons in the place. Elements which blur property lines and the idea of ownership.

Axonometric representation of the festival of Holi as celebrated in Worli Koliwada

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The serial lights connecting different buildings creating a new boundary in itself

Although physical boundaries defining extent of properties are stark, people tend to use these baundaries are points of social interaction

The dancing ladies coming and performing rituals around fire, arrive along a path which also defines a boundary

Private property becomes perforated for outsiders during festive occasions bringing people together

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Actual existing attractions on site

Representation of existing village and walking tour around it

CONCEPT Counter factual elements camouflaged in the map with the existing entities

From the observations, the project takes a turn towards a critical appropriation of a typical tourist map with three parts: • A village tour of existing fabric on site. • Counter factual elements • A set of future possibilities The project is inspired by a book by Mark Monmonier called ‘How to lie with Maps’ where, through various illustrations, he conveys that not only can the same data can be interpreted very differently by different people but also how a cartographer has the power to represent this data in way that mends people’s thoughts to believe what the cartographer wants them to believe.

Proposed entertaining activities on site to encourage people to visit the village

The Counter Factual Elements play a key role in the project and are not to mislead people who are visiting the village but to instigate a new way of thinking in them. These elements are participating in announcing a divisions, to realize the affect of an absent thing and getting the public to value the village. Finally, the set of future possibilities is to use fictitious stories and of the village to instigate development. 37


SPREADING THE WORD To take the project a step forward towards realization, ‘Aamche Worli Koliwada’ becomes an initiative to protect and preserve the culture and heritage of this community from the threats of real estate speculation through the exhibition of its intangible value.

IN THE BROCHURE...

ATTRACTIONS

Worli Fort Built in the 1675 by the British, th sturdy and graceful even today. Bandra-worli sea link, the fort tur quite an eye-catcher. The Wall This magnificient structure was erected by the kolis as a mark of division between the village and the rest of the city. Although the wall is trying to create a strong boundary, its porousity is an indication that the rest of the people are still welcome to the village. The Memorial In the year 2010, the kolis experienced a terrible downfall in their business which was because of the decreasing number of fishes in the water due to various environmental reason. The Monument was built in recognition of this event and signifies the importance of fishes as the lifeline of the koli community.

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PROPOSALS With this vision protect and improve, we have a few possible opportunities proposed for guided future development of the village.

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Ghanshyam was an eminent person of the worli koli community who had contributed a lot to the growth of the village. He passed away and left his beautiful house in the hands of the village. We propose turning his house into a memorial in his name. Consequently, we propose open space around this house which would serve as a common area.

The Cross Built in 1954, the shrine is 56 years old and the idols have been carved out of marble stone. Celebrations are carried out annually and include processions which start from the bus stop and proceed towards the fort.

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all religious practices and rituals in Worli Koliwada are associated with water. For this purpose, we propose immediate access to pure and clean water.

Vetal Devi Temple Panyatla Vetal and Aagyacha Vetal with rakshak sthambas (pillars) and shivanandi can be found here. The idols made of solid stone and covered with vermillion (shendur) and are worshipped by all the devotees. Narali Pournima and Poush Pournima are special ocassions when the flag hoisting is carried out.

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Amidst an approximate density of 21,000 persons per square km and beyond the ridiculous economic and spatial disproportions in the city there exist some enclaves untouched, unspoken and contested. Eighteen hundred acres of land abutting the eastern waterfront of Mumbai is an underutilized post industrial site which was once an active port and now carries smaller activities like the ship breaking industry, oil storage, etc. and is held that way due to extreme politics and ownership issues. The area primarily comprises of people working for these informal sectors and living in near their workplaces and is largely deprived of infrastructure. In a city which struggles due to dearth of space, this available opportunity open doors to a foreseeable successful waterfront development which can not only house more needy people but provide amenities for a more equitable quality of life. 41


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ISSUE. POSITION The site is post industrial and as a result of its history and current activities, the land is very polluted causing it to be a hazardous working environment unfit to work in. In order for this land to be fit for any use, there is a dire need for soil remediation. The cost of carrying this out would appear extremely high for the government to even approve. My aim was to study the impact of the upcoming highway infrastructure project called the ‘Mumbai Trans-Harbor Link’ on the eastern waterfront of Mumbai and propose housing for the area which is more inclusive and adds a new public space which Mumbai actually craves for. The primary stakeholders in the entire redevelopment plan are the MMRDA, the Mumbai Port Trust, as well as some private companies. Considering such a sensitive scenario of ownership, the proposal requires to be extremely tactical in its approach. 42

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THE PROPOSAL The approach to the existing issue is incremental in nature. The aim was to make the project as mutually benefitting as possible by inviting rich investors to promote their business which would ultimately inncrease the value of the place. Instead of generating a masterplan for the site, the proposal takes into account the sensitivity of the site- physically, socially, historically, culturally. and economically. The site is hence considered for development in phases which makes it self-sustaining in terms of its execution.

PHASE 4 The clean site is now ready for laying permanent low-rise and high housing to invite socially and economically diverse set of people.

PHASE 3 Hositng of multifarious temporary cultural, religious and business events like amusement fairs, etc. on site to make the location popular. Using the revenue generated by these events to execute engineered remediation for speeding the process. A set of public buildings are also introduced to the site gradually. The existing warehouses are now used to host various art, culture and other awareness exhibitions.

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A grid is designed and laid to prepa for the different phases. Phytore trees planted throughout the site t usable for hosting temporary activit

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PLAN The final layout is designed in such a way that it caters to the social differences of castes and classes and provides an environment which is desirable for all. The buildings are laid out alon g the initially placed grid which brings about full efficiency of the given space. Open public spaces are given high priority to set an example for a city which tends to compromise on such essentials for private space.

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Design of masterplan adaptively reusing the exisitng warehouses as museums

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SECTION There are restrictions on the buildings heights which do not allow the buildings to rise beyond 15 floors. These restriction are set keeping in mind the sensitivity to surrounding context, aesthetic views and practical needs of the people inhabiting these spaces.

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The ultimate aim of the exercise to use this model as a base to develop the entire eastern waterfront in a manner which socially equitable and justifiable in terms of current needs of the city and its population. Considering the current socio-economic and political scenario, an intervention is required which is mutually beneficial for both, the low income group of the society and the developers and investors who we seek the funds from. Hence, this is an idea to ensure not just housing but more importantly and currently diminishing, quality living for all, irrespective of their social or economic background.

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The magical creation of the tangible and the intangible value, out of emptiness

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influx.ed UNDERGRADUATE URBAN DESIGN STUDIO 03 REVITALIZATION OF CAMP ROAD JUNCTION

ABSTRACT Tambaram(Tamil Nadu, India) is considered to be a satellite town as it caters to the needs of hundreds of suburbs. The task was to explore urban design strategies for the camp road junction(a major urban node in tambaram). WHAT WAS NEEDED WAS A RENEWED SENSE OF QUALITY OF LIFE! The project was divided into two parts: The first part involved intense studies on the areas lying within 1km radius of the junction. The second part of the exercise involved the designing of the junction and the connecting main roads, based on the studies, so as to provide a distinct identity and to resolve the issues faced by its users.

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RESEARCH MAPS

vehicular - heavy vehicular - medium pedestrian FIGURE-GROUND MAP

TRAFFIC PATTERN

commercial residential religious educational/ health greens vacant land INVERSE FIGURE-GROUND MAP

LAND-USE PATTERN

TRAFFIC STUDY

VEHICULAR STUDY

TRAFFIC ACTIVITY STUDY 20

30%

30%

Average Travel Time (in mins)

25%

15%

16

12

8

4

12am

2

4

6

8

10

12pm

2

4

6

8

10pm

Start time

MARKET ACTIVITY STUDY 4am

6

8

10

12pm

2

4

6

8

10pm

Fish Sale Vegetable Sale Flower Sale Shops Other Hawkers

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ISSUES

52


PROPOSAL

53


Shruti Rajagopalan shruti.r88@gmail.com +91-999-999-8517

Shruti Rajagopalan - Selected Works 2017 - Urban Design | Strategic Planning  
Shruti Rajagopalan - Selected Works 2017 - Urban Design | Strategic Planning  
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